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Healthy living

Browse creative ideas to encourage and promote healthy living.

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The problem

Although traditional health care often focuses on care after someone is sick, healthy living – for example, eating well, exercising regularly, and not smoking – is one of the best ways to prevent health problems in the future.

We know that:

  • eating healthy can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and some kinds of cancer
  • people who are physically active are less likely to develop heart disease and other chronic health problems
  • if you stop smoking, within 24 hours, your risk of heart attack starts to drop and within 5 years your risk of stroke is the same as someone who never smoked

Although we offer programs and supports to help people stay healthy, have introduced menu labelling to help people make informed and healthier food choices and are helping smokers quit, what new and creative ideas and technologies should we consider to help people stay healthy?

Who we're trying to help

While everyone can benefit from adopting healthy living, due to factors beyond their control there are groups in the province that may be more at risk for developing certain chronic diseases, such as, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and asthma. These groups include, people:

  • living on low incomes
  • in rural and remote communities
  • with mental health and addiction concerns
  • from certain racial backgrounds


We are looking for ideas that promote health for everyone and/or offer new ways of connecting with groups that have traditionally been hard to reach.

What we're doing/have done

Healthy living

We fund 36 Public Health Units (opens in a new window) across the province. They offer healthy living programs, mental health promotion and disease prevention information for members of their local communities.

Smoke-Free Ontario

In 2007, we launched Smoke-Free Ontario (opens in a new window) which combines programs, policies, laws and public education to help:

  • smokers quit
  • protect people from exposure to second-hand smoke
  • encourage young people to never start

Healthy kids

Through the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (opens in a new window) we give money, training and social marketing tools to 45 communities across the province, to run programs about healthy eating and being active for kids and their families. This program reaches 40% of Ontario’s population including Indigenous populations served by six Aboriginal Health Access Centres and Community Health Centres. 

We also offer free fruit and vegetables to elementary and middle school students in the districts of Algoma, Porcupine and Sudbury through the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program reaches over 190 schools and approximately 37,000 students every year.

We partner with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to help pay for the Student Nutrition Program (opens in a new window), which helps provide nutritious meals and snacks in schools. During the 2015-16 school year, the program served nearly 900,000 children and youth.

Menu labelling

We also introduced the Healthy Menu Choices Act (opens in a new window), which requires all food-service chains with 20 or more locations in Ontario, to post the number of calories in the food and drink items they sell.

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242 ideas submitted to Healthy living


Métis Nation Health Action Plan

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Idea:

A single event or meeting or workshops to hopefully commit to a Métis Nation Specific Health Action Plan in Ontario.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by John D Hamilton.

Mobile Outdoor Education Project

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

In my community we do not have an outdoor education facility. I think there are likely many areas like this.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by GBurns.

More Public Outdoor Fitness Zones (Exercise Equipment for Adults) in Parks

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

While the public has dabbled in setting up some outdoor exercise equipment before, we should deploy more of them throughout all or many of the parks in dense urban areas.

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Created on October 24, 2017 by Daanish.

Promote yoga and meditation: consciousness and mindfulness

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

It would be great, if the government promotes meditation, mindfulness and yoga as tools to promote inner well being. When people are calm on the inside the outside automatically becomes joyful, accommodating and responsible.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by AndyMcnab.

Provide preventative wellness programs to our workplaces offered through our cancer support centres

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Our cancer support centres in Ontario provide excellent scientific based programming and services to those newly diagnosed, in treatment and those in survivorship through leaders in their fields.

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Created on October 21, 2017 by Maxweli.

PUT BACK CITY-DEMOLISHED TENNIS COURTS

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Re: Forest Manor / Parkway Forest Community area - 55 Forest Manor Raod

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Created on October 19, 2017 by TeriMac.  1 comment

Small Town Arena Upgrades

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Many of the existing arenas in small-Town Ontario were built in the '70s and are in dire need of upgrading. These arenas replaced old wooden structures that were built after World War II and ultimately condemned.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Don Gordon.

Smart Choices for a Healthier and More Vibrant Life

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Let’s create an information material for a holistic/ mind and body approach to better health. It will be posted in the Ministry of Health website in PDF and HTML versions that is collapsible and expandable with links.

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Created on October 28, 2017 by James Scarborough.

Splashpad for Fenwick

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

We live in Fenwick which is a suburb of Fonthill and all the new development seems to go to the latter.

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Created on October 12, 2017 by drawmaster.  1 comment

Sunday Residential Street Shutdown for Kids to Play

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Canadian guidelines suggest that kids between five and 17 years old get at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day. Only nine per cent of children do.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by Emilie.  1 comment

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